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Anodize + Dye

August 11 - 16, 2024

Lynn Batchelder  ·  lynnbatch.com

Workshop at a glance

Through this course you will learn how to anodize aluminum and explore various dye techniques to add color to your work.


  • Cold-working aluminum
    Anodizing aluminum
    Dying techniques for anodized aluminum
    Cold connection solutions


  • Aluminum


  • Learn how to anodize at home using accessible materials
  • Learn anodizing using a safer sodium bisulfate solution
  • Create multiple studies and small pieces through anodizing and dying aluminum

Artist Bio

Lynn Batchelder is a contemporary jeweler living in the Hudson Valley, NY where she is Associate Professor of Metal at SUNY New Paltz. She holds a BFA from Western Michigan University, and an MFA from SUNY New Paltz. She is a recipient of the Art Jewelry Forum Artist Award, a Peter S. Reed Foundation Grant, and has completed residencies at Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Women’s Studio Workshop, and the Estonian Academy of Art. Batchelder has exhibited nationally and internationally; her work is represented by Gallery Loupe where she recently mounted the solo exhibition Remains.

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Workshop Description

Anodizing creates a thin porous layer on aluminum — an exterior skin that can permanently absorb color through dyes. In this workshop, students will first explore aluminum through simple and direct processes: sawing, filing, drilling, hammering, etc. We will talk through surface preparation and the complete aluminum anodization process so you will have the information you need for safe anodizing at home. While anodizing is quite technical, adding color is the exciting and experimental part! Students will also spend quite a bit of time exploring dye applications to transform this industrial process through thoughtful outcomes that meld form and surface. Cold connections will also be discussed as strategies for connecting your aluminum components to other metals and materials. Open to all skill levels.


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In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

Call 865-436-5860 with questions about registering for this workshop.

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